India has played Pakistan on 3 occasions before at World stage, emerging victorious. But before 2011 World Cup semifinal, the closest they played in World Cup with Pakistan was in 2003. Tendulkar fares among all four matches since 1992. But, there are only few representing 2011 World Cup teams of Pakistan and India, who were part of 2003 World Cup team too.
Waqar Younis and Sourav Ganguly were the captains in 2003 World Cup at Centurion. 9 players from the 2003 World Cup match are in the Indian and Pakistani World Cup teams of 2011 World Cup also.
Pakistani Team Members Who Also PLayed in 2003
Pakistani team has Abdul Razzaq, Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar. Afridi has become the captain now. Younis Khan is their ex-captain and the most desired player in Pakistan. Shoaib Akhtar has announced retirement after World Cup 2011 and is seeking a match, after warming the bench for last few matches, to get a respectable sign-off from international cricket. Abdul Razzaq is their best allrounder, but has failed continuously in 2011.
Indian Team Members Who Also PLayed in 2003
Indian team carries Sehwag, Yuvraj, Zaheer, Nehra besides the omnipresent (in four World Cup matches against Pakistan) Tendulkar. Yuvraj is running in contention for the Player of the Series award with his conssitent batting and has been the best spinner of India in 2011 World Cup. Zaheer is the 3rd best bowler of the tournament so far with 17 wickets. Tendulkar is among the top 5 batsmen of the tournament. Sehwag is also not far, scoring the biggest individual score of the tournament in the first match. Nehra might not get the chance to play again.
Performances of 9 Common Players in 2003 World Cup
Here is how the 9 players from both sides performed in their last World Cup encounter of 2003, when they locked horns in the SUper Sixes stage of the tournament. India went on to reach the final. Pakistan was knocked out in Super Sixes.
Came as number 3 batsman and scored 12 runs in 29 balls with 2 boundaries. He went wicketless in 8 overs giving 36 runs.
Scored 32 runs of 36 balls with 2 boundaries, before being sent to pavillion by Zaheer khan caught by Mongia.
Could score only 9 runs of 7 balls with 2 boundaries before Dinesh Mongia had him caught by Kumble. Bowled 9 overs for 45 runs and took a wicket.
Went for 72 runs in 10 overs taking the wicket of Tendulkar. Did not bat.
Broke the backbone of Pakistan scoring 98 runs of just 75 balls with 12 boundaries and a six. He was caught by Younis Khan of the bowling of Shoaib Akhtar. He was adjudged Player of the match.
Scored only 21 runs but on 14 balls with 3 boundaries and a six. Bowled 4 overs for 19 runs without taking a wicket.
Took India home with undefeated 50 of 53 balls, hitting 6 boundaries. Did not bowl.
Zaheer took 2 wickets for 46 runs in his spell of 10 overs.
Bowling as first bowling change, he took 2/74 in 10 overs.